By Johanne Adam
“Climate change is the biggest threat to Canadians’ health, security and economy. The scientific evidence is incontrovertible, the research wide-ranging and overwhelming.” That’s what scientist David Suzuki states at the outset of an opinion piece published by several Canadian media outlets in early September.
The host of CBC’s The Nature of Things was invited to share his thoughts as part of an event entitled “Science in Public Policy and Decision Making,” presented in the lead-up to the October 19 federal election as part of the iVote-jeVote series.
Suzuki believes that Canadians must ensure that their government plays a constructive role at this December’s Paris Conference on Climate Change, which will attract heads of state from around the world. “The summit's goal is for all the world’s countries to reach a legally binding pact on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions to keep global average temperatures from rising more than 2 C,” he says, adding that experts and world leaders agree any increase beyond this figure could bring catastrophic consequences.
Suzuki says that regardless of who is elected October 19, Canada must be part of the search for solutions.
“Although climate change, resource development and infrastructure have been raised in this election, the talking points don’t always match the severity of the problem. It’s up to all of us as voters to question candidates and inform ourselves about the various party platforms before casting ballots, and to make sure all the parties and their candidates listen and make climate change a priority.”
You still have time to attend speeches delivered by the Honorable Tom Mulcair on September 22 at 5pm, and the Honorable Roy Romanow on September 23 at 4:30pm.
Read more on iVote-jeVote in Tabaret magazine.